U.S. approves UK war aid, March 11, 1941
On March 11, 1941, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Act, which allowed the United States to provide munitions, equipment, and other supplies to support Great Britain in its war against the Third Reich. Opponents feared the law was a prelude to U.S. entry into World War II, but a United Press article published March 12, 1941, in the Dunkirk Evening Observer of Dunkirk, N.Y., conveyed British appreciation for the aid.
“Prime Minister Winston Churchill told a cheering house of commons today that the United States has proclaimed a new ‘Magna Charta’ by dedicating her ‘overwhelming industrial and financial strength to insuring the defeat of Nazism.’
“Churchill, speaking in behalf of Britain and ‘in the name of all freedom-loving people,’ offered thanks and gratitude for American enactment of President Roosevelt’s lend-lease bill.”
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An Associated Press article in the March 9, 1941, Kingsport Times of Kingsport, Tenn., tracked the progress of the Lend-Lease bill through Congress. Passed by Senate
An International News Service article in the March 11, 1941, Circleville Herald of Circleville, Ohio, cited experts who thought that Lend-Lease might not be enough. Britain can’t win alone